National Democratic Congress(NDC) Member of Parliament for Wassa East, Hon Isaac Adjei Mensah, has described the NewPatriotic Party, NPP led administration by President Nana Akufo Addo as an abysmal failure.
According to the Wassa East MP who is the Deputy Ranking member on Lands and Forestry Committee of Parliament, President AkufoAddo failed to fulfill his various promises made to Ghanaians in 2016.
Among the promises he claimed Akufo Addo failed to deliver were, failure to provide security of lives and property and failure to tackle the massive roads infrastructure as well as corruption.
Hon ADJEI Mensah said, since the the NPP took over governance, the country had never witness the continuation of the road infrastructure commenced by NDC under the leadership of former President John Mahama,.
In addition to the government failed in roads infrastructure, the Former Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways said, corruption had also attained the high level ever in the history of Ghana politics.
Mr Adjei was contributing to the debate on the 2019 budget statement delivered to parliament by the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, on Thursday November 15.
Finance Minister in the 2019 budget statement announced that government will be investigating massively in road, railways and air transport, from a variety of funding sources.
“Mr. Speaker, infrastructure, both hard and soft, is the backbone of economic development and growth, as well as a source of jobs and wealth for a majority of people. In a rapidly changing global marketplace, traditional infrastructure like electricity and power, transport and logistics, water and sanitation, roads, highways, and railways have combined with new, mostly soft infrastructure like digitisation of government services to enable emerging economies like ours leapfrog the development path to prosperity. Mr. Speaker, this Government, is committed to embarking on an integrated infrastructural development programme across the country that will move goods, food items and people from one location to another that will create jobs and prosperity and ensure value for money for Ghana as well as position Ghana as the transportation, energy and logistics hub in the region.”
“Mr. Speaker, to ensure efficient management of infrastructure, we will soon submit a bill to set up the Ghana Asset Management Corporation. Mr. Speaker, with your permission I will like to inform Ghanaians on what we have done so far on infrastructure and the massive investments commencing in 2019. Mr. Speaker, in 2019, we will invest massively in the development of road and infrastructure, from a variety funding sources and the following projects have been identified to commence in 2019. Mr. Speaker, in addition to the above, in 2019 Government in partnership with the private sector through PPP arrangements will undertake various projects including Accra–Takoradi Highway Dualisation, Accra – Tema Motorway and Accra – Kumasi Highway Dualisation,” the Finance Minister said.
But the Wassa East lawmaker said that was contrary to what is on the ground and that the government for failing to address the real economy issues in the country, stressing that, “the NPP government has failed woefully in the infrastructure sector as up to date contractors have still not been paid since 2017.”
He argued that the budget only focuses on balancing receipts with expenditure, and does not set a strategic direction.
The former Deputy Minister noted that, major issues encumber economic growth, as agriculture production in cocoa growing areas has declined, while exports are in a precipitous long-term fall and urban and feeder roads remained short.
He blamed the Akufo Addo government for capping statutory funds like that of the Roads Funds, stating that, such decision has affected the roads fund and made the sector more weaker as contractors have become debt ridden to banks than ever.
In his personal assessment the government has performed abysmally for the last 22 months as against the much taunted achievement.
Mr Adjei Mensah also stated that the NaBCo for graduate unemployed could not change the narrative on unemployment rate in the country and that the absence of roads and other infrastructure would rather make unemployment worst.
The economy, he said is struggling fiercely as the finance minister publicly admitted, and it needs a massive infusion of cash from the construction site to operate efficiently and create jobs, adding that, with all these talk about, where is that revenue going to come from is the fundamental question that should be asked.?
He reiterated that, the government has failed woefully to lay out in concrete terms what exactly has been done by the ruling NPP to address the numerous economic and financial challenges facing the nation and its nearly 30 million citizens.
“Ghanaians are desperately looking for permanent solutions to their problems. This budget unfortunately was woefully inadequate and did not provide answers to their questions,” he added.